Line-4Legge: The fourth line, dynamic, shows a case in which, if its subject can remain firm and correct, there will be no error.
Wilhelm/Baynes: He who can be persevering remains without blame.
Blofeld: Something can be accomplished by righteous persistence and no error is involved.
Liu: If one carries on, no blame.
Ritsema/Karcher: Permitting Trial. Without fault.
Shaughnessy: Able to be determined; there is no trouble.
Cleary (1): One should be correct; then there is no error.
Wu: If he can remain firm and correct, he will be blameless.
COMMENTARYConfucius/Legge: He firmly holds fast his correctness. Wilhelm/Baynes: For he possesses firmly. Blofeld: That is to say firmness will enable us to fulfill our aim. Ritsema/Karcher: Firmly possessing it indeed. Cleary (1): This is inherent. Wu: Because he holds fast to what he has gotten.
Legge: Line four is the lowest in the trigram of strength, and line one is not a proper correlate. Also, the fourth line is dynamic in a magnetic place, so caution is necessary.
Anthony: Dread of losing is as faulty as anticipation of winning.
NOTES AND PARAPHRASESSiu: What really belongs to the man cannot be lost to him. As long as he remains
steadfast to his own nature, he will commit no error.
Wing: Do not be influenced by the designs of those around you. It is very important, at this time, that you trust your inner vision. Obey your instincts.
Editor: There is a definite qualification in most translations of this line: "IF you can maintain correctness, you will succeed -- or at least not be incorrect.” The wording can imply doubt, and hints at a possible test of your discrimination. The wisest reading is that if you aren't impeccable, the injunction from the Judgment is appropriate here: "If someone is not as he should be, he has misfortune, and it does not further him to undertake anything.”
A. If you have the courage to maintain your will and do what is correct, success will follow.If you live right, the coincidences will build up for you in unexpected and surprising and beneficial ways. If you do not live right, the anti-coincidences will build up in unexpected and direful, sometimes disastrous ways. The criterion of whether or not you are living right is empirical observation of the coincidences. If the coincidences build up, you are living right. If they do not build up, you are not living right and had best examine your way of life. John Lilly -- Simulations of God
Line 4 To be persevering = one is without blame. Changes to (42) Increase. You may need to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep pushing on. You are not a victim and nothing is wrong. If something is meant for you it will come to you. Operating from abundance allows you to let go of attachment with the certainty that you always have what you need. To be persevering is the type of consistency of character that allows you to proceed with an optimistic attitude.
KNEW it was coming.
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